Oct. 4, 2009
Bengals Up 14-7 at the Half
By Fred Greetham
OBR Browns Reporter
CLEVELAND—The Browns had an interception, a blocked field goal, a 58 yard kickoff return and 39-yard punt return and still trailed at the half, 14-7.
After dodging a bullet on the first drive with a blocked field goal by Shaun Rogers, the Bengals took the ball back after a three-and-out by the Browns and took a 7-0 lead on a five-yard pass from Carson Palmer to Chad Ochocinco with 35 seconds to play in the first quarter. The Browns stopped a third down conversion, but the Bengals went for it on fourth-and-3 and converted as Bernard Scott picked up 10 yards to the Browns' 25.
The Bengals took the opening drive and marched to the Browns five yard line before having to settle for a field goal attempt. However, Shayne Graham lined up for a 23-yard field goal and Rogers was able to block it with 8:15 to play. The Bengals had the ball for nearly seven minutes but came away with no points.
The Browns had the ball for about a minute and then punted back to the Bengals, who proceeded to drive 62 yards for the score. The Bengals took 6:48 off the clock.
After the Bengals score, Josh Cribbs raced 58 yards to the Bengals' 34. However, after a first down, Jerome Harrison ran around the end and was stood up and Leon Hall stripped the ball and Robert Geathers raced 75 yards for the touchdown and the Bengals lead increased to 14-0 with 14:10 to play in the first half.
The Browns made it 14-7 with 1:26 to play as Derek Anderson hit Steve Heiden from one-yard out after a 29-yard reception by Mohamed Massaquoi. Originally, Massaquoi's catch was ruled a touchdown, but after review it was spotted inside the one. Josh Cribbs had a 39-yard punt return to the Bengals' 38 with 3:19 to play in the first half to set up the score. The Browns covered 38 yards in four plays.
Anderson was 8-of-16 for 130 yards in the first half.
Three and Out: The Browns first possession with QB Derek Anderson resulted in a three-and-out. WR Braylon Edwards dropped Anderson's first pass. Anderson was 8-of-16 for 130 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He was sacked once.
Mo's Day: WR Mohamed Massaquoi had three receptions in the first half for 83 yards. He had catches of 30-, 29- and 24-yards.
Cribbs Spark: KR Josh Cribbs had a 58 yard return of the kickoff after the Bengals first touchdown to the Bengals' 34. Cribbs had a 39-yard punt return to the Bengals' 38 near the end of the first half. The Browns fumbled after the kickoff and scored a touchdown after the punt return.
Jerome's Chance: With RB James Davis being placed on injured reserve and RB Jamal Lewis was out with a hamstring injury. Harrison picked up a first down, but was stripped of the ball by Leon Hall and it resulted in a 75-yard touchdown by DE Robert Geathers. Harrison had 11 carries for 33 yards and three reception for 32 yards in the first half.
Time of Possession: The Bengals had drives of 6:45 and 6:48 in the first quarter.
Brodney's Pick: QB Carson Palmer tried to hit WR Laveranues Coles in double coverage and DB Brodney Pool intercepted the ball on the Browns' 43. The Browns were not able to do anything and were three-and-out. It was the first interception of the season by the Browns.
Big Baby: DL Shaun Rogers blocked a K Shayne Graham field goal attempt in the first quarter. It was his 13th in his career. The NFL record for blocked field goals and PATs was by former Oakland Raider Ted Hendricks.
Drop Braylon: QB Derek Anderson's first pass attempt was dropped by WR Braylon Edwards, who had no catches in the first half.
Adams Starts: DB Mike Adams started at RCB in place of DB Brandon McDonald. The start wasn't changed on the pregame flip chart, but it was reported earlier in the week by the OBR. QB Carson Palmer completed a 24-yard pass to WR Andre Caldwell with Adams covering. Adams broke up a pass to WR Laveranues Coles on third down.
Busy Guy: LB D'Qwell Jackson had 10 tackles in the first half.